The holidays are here! Gather together for Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa and enjoy reading some of these fabulous holiday books together this holiday season!

Star Bright: A Christmas Story by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds

A little angel looks down from the sky the night that Jesus is going to be born and sees others preparing. She wants
to bring a gift, but can’t decide what to bring. She realizes the others need light, so she becomes the star to light the way, and provides the gift of light for them all! Beautiful! Atheneum Books For Young Readers, $16.99; ages 4-8


The Last Christmas Tree by Stephen Krensky

A little Christmas tree wants nothing more than to be picked out and taken home, but not just by anyone, by someone that loves Christmas as much as it does. There is only one problem, it is not a big and fluffy tree, and as the days grow closer to Christmas, people keep picking other trees. Will the tree find a home? Find out in this delightful Christmas story. Dial Books For Young Readers, $16.99; ages 3-7


I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz

For a hilarious Hanukkah tale that also includes parodies of famous artworks, look no further than this crazy tale! Follow along as the family grandmother swallows a dreidel she thinks is a bagel and then take off on a crazy eating adventure— swallowing all kinds of Hanukkah items. In the back, it shows the pieces of art the illustrations are based on. Arthur A. Levine Books, $17.99; ages 4-8


Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis

A must have for Kwanzaa, this book not only includes a brief description of Kwanzaa and its seven principles, but a story that shows the seven principles at work. Seven brothers can’t see eye to eye on anything. Yet, to receive their inheritance, they must make gold out of seven spools of thread. Join the brothers to see if they can work together. Albert Whitman & Company, $6.99; ages 4-10


‘Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

Enjoy a bilingual “Night Before Christmas” with this wonderful Latino family. There are tamales to be made and (adornos) decorations to hang in this charming Christmas story that is full of heart! Beautifully illustrated with bright, bold illustrations and full of fabulous Christmas traditions, this one is sure to be a family favorite!
Viking, $16.99, ages 3-7


Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood

Since Cat hasn’t been nice, he decides he’d better dress up like Santa and just give himself a present. Will it work? Cat is not great at chimneys, gifting, or flying—which is pretty funny! Then, he decides to try to be nice and impress Santa before Christ- mas, since being Santa was harder than he thought. Follow along with Cat and see if he can figure out how to be nice enough to deserve Christmas!
Dial Books For Young Readers, $16.99; ages 3-7

Moms read too!

Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber
Beloved author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie!
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